Consumers Warned to Stop Using Sleep Rocker After 10 Babies Die

Consumers Warned to Stop Using Sleep Rocker After 10 Babies Die April 5, 2019
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A popular infant rocker is killing babies, and consumers are being warned to discontinue use of the product. Fisher Price and Consumer Product Safety Commission warned that the Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play had killed ten babies in the past three years.

According to an alert published by Consumer Product Safety Commissions, consumers should discontinue use of the Rock n’ Play after a baby is three months old.

Since 2015 CPSC and Fisher-Price have received notifications that ten babies have died in the rocker. All of the babies were older than three months old. Each of the infants had rolled over in the rocker to their side or their stomach while unrestrained.

Fisher-Price warned consumers in the past about the potential for infants to suffocate if they rolled over. The company reminded caregivers to discontinue use of the product as soon as a baby showed signs they could roll.

Despite the warnings by the company, infants continue to die while using the rocker. As a result, the government issued a warning to consumers about the product to protect infants.

All parents and caregivers are urged to discontinue use of the Rock n’ Play by age three months or when the baby can roll over. Most babies are capable of rolling over by the time they are 3-months-old.

Also, babies should never be left in the Rock n’ Play without proper restraint. The rocker has a three-point harness that should always be used to secure the infant.

Additionally, caregivers should always follow safe-sleep recommendations when using the product. When using the product, never add blankets, stuffed toys, pillows, or any other objects. By following safe-sleep recommendations, babies can avoid deaths associated with strangulation, suffocation, or choking.

The safest place for a baby is on their back, alone, and in a crib or bassinet. Once a child is three months old, ensure the infant sleeps in either a bassinet or crib.

 

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  • Lisa Cybergirl

    All parents and caregivers are urged to discontinue use of the Rock n’
    Play by age three months or when the baby can roll over. Most babies are
    capable of rolling over by the time they are 3-months-old.

    Why don’t they just recall the thing, rather than saying “well, it’s OK until they can roll over.” I imagine a lot of parents are going to forget the expiration date in their busy lives.

  • Scout Kent

    Particularly as most new parents have more than one sleeper/bouncer! My baby days are in the past, but a product that’s only useful for three months seems a bit silly to begin with.

  • Why? It’s perfectly safe if parents follow the instructions. That’s not the fault of the company.

  • Liz Leyden

    Rock-and-Plays were called Rock-and-Sleeps in 2014. My kids slept in theirs until they were 6 months old.